Tag Archives: James Cameron

My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Halloween is coming, and the dead shall rise from their graves. At least on a TV screen near you. We are awash in lists of the greatest horror movies ever made, and everybody’s trying to come up with a twist of their own. Well, I decided to just list my 12 favorites, a bunch of … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

The first Academy Awards were handed out back in 1929. The “show” looked decidedly different then – it was in fact a dinner, the ceremony itself took 15 minutes and the awards had already been announced three weeks earlier. There were also far fewer categories. The first winner was Wings (1927), a film that is chiefly … Continue reading Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

Score: A Film Music Documentary

BEHIND EVERY GREAT FILM IS A GREAT COMPOSER.  Matt Schrader left his job at CBS to make his directing debut, a documentary about film music. With help from historian Leonard Maltin, we get a quick look at the history of movie scores and how they have changed, especially when jazz gained a foothold. We get … Continue reading Score: A Film Music Documentary

Titanic: A Wreck Comes Alive

NOTHING ON EARTH COULD COME BETWEEN THEM.  Twentieth Century Fox wasn’t sure about letting James Cameron make an epic movie about the 1912 sinking of Titanic – especially since the director wanted it to be a romance. In other words, there would be no box-office-friendly terminators or aliens on this voyage. Fox eventually agreed to … Continue reading Titanic: A Wreck Comes Alive

True Lies

WHEN HE SAID I DO, HE NEVER SAID WHAT HE DID. Helen Tasker (Jamie Lee Curtis) has no idea that her boring husband (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is actually a top-secret government agent… until the day when she’s accidentally drawn into his adventures. The French action-comedy La Totale! (1991) served as inspiration for this overblown blockbuster that … Continue reading True Lies

The Abyss: On the Edge of Darkness

A PLACE ON EARTH MORE AWESOME THAN ANYWHERE IN SPACE. It’s funny watching a good movie like The Abyss and knowing the kind of negative feelings that surrounded the production of it. Both Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio have allegedly vowed never to work with James Cameron again; cast and crew were frequently subjected to dangerous … Continue reading The Abyss: On the Edge of Darkness

Avatar: Bonding With Aliens

  Too many ingredients and aspects of Avatar are too reminiscent of other movies or simply too silly. But here it is in all its glory, trying to meet expectations that have built ever since James Cameron made Titanic (1997). The way technology has been used in the making of the movie has indeed been revolutionary. What audiences will … Continue reading Avatar: Bonding With Aliens

Terminator 2: Batting For the Other Team

TEN YEARS AGO THE MACHINES WHO RULE THE FUTURE SENT AN UNSTOPPABLE TERMINATOR TO ASSASSINATE THE YET UNBORN JOHN CONNOR. THEY FAILED. IN 1991 THE MACHINES WILL TRY AGAIN. I was certainly part of the target audience for this film at the time of its premiere in 1991. I was 15 and the school was … Continue reading Terminator 2: Batting For the Other Team

Terminator: The Deadly Energizer Bunny

THE THING THAT WON’T DIE, IN THE NIGHTMARE THAT WON’T END. James Cameron has fought hard for The Terminator. He claims that the idea for the film came to him in a dream, but few question the fact that certain key ingredients were inspired by Harlan Ellison’s writings for the TV series The Outer Limits. Ellison sued … Continue reading Terminator: The Deadly Energizer Bunny

Aliens: Mother Against Mother

THIS TIME IT’S WAR. When I first heard about this film, I was 11 or 12 years old and pretty much a novice when it came to movies. Judging from what some of my classmates were talking about, I understood that Aliens was a dark, scary and very exciting film, a special experience indeed. When I finally … Continue reading Aliens: Mother Against Mother

The Muse

IN GODDESS WE TRUST. Screenwriter Steven Phillips (Albert Brooks) has lost his touch and enlists help from a muse called Sarah (Sharon Stone), but she doesn’t come cheap. Director Brooks’s message seems to be that Hollywood is full of frail egos that believe inspiration will come from anywhere but hard work. “Anywhere” in this case … Continue reading The Muse